Throwing a New Year’s Eve party? Or are you sitting at home by yourself on New Year’s Eve? Either way, here are 10 songs that will keep a party going, or give solace to a lonely soul as civilization rolls into a new year.
Why? – Alopecia – “By Torpedo or Crohn’s”
A three piece Berkeley band, headed by indie rock artist Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf. Wolf’s lyrics are spontaneous, clever witticisms that he proudly enunciates over poppy hooks and hip hop rhythms. Why?’s music sets a certain lofty ambiance, grounded by a humility wrapped up in personal lyrics. Wolf’s loquacious demeanor suggests that he may not know exactly what to say, but that he’s indeed got plenty to say. With funny, intelligent lyrics and catchy beats, Why? is a great artist to have on your New Year’s Eve playlist.
Vivian Girls – Self Titled Album – “I Believe In Nothing”
Everyone is talking about Brooklyn’s girl trio, Vivian Girls. Their blend of narcissistic pop and gritty, lo-fi atmospheric music makes for a perfect New Year’s party sound, and with the Vivian Girls, it’s a quick hit of “go-girl” despondency, and then off to the next number.
Hercules and Love Affair – Self Titled – “Hercules Theme”
With DJ Andrew Butler, Hercules came to fame earlier this year with dance pop grooves and three talented, forlorn singers, Kim Ann Foxman, Antony Hegarty, and Nomi. Their trio produces disparate, yet impressively cohesive singing to bring a kind of emotional harmony gliding over dance house beats.
Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping – “Gallery Piece”
A New Year’s Eve playlist cannot go without a song from indie favorites, Of Montreal. “Gallery Piece” may be a bit pithy, maybe a little too catchy, but it offers a seductive bass line, and Kevin Barnes’ voice stabs with obsessive demands over a danceable beat. This is sure to be a New Year’s Eve party favorite.
HEALTH – Disco – “Crimewave (Crystal Castles vs. HEALTH)”
L.A. indie art rockers give noise and peculiarity over a heavy drop of bass with this song. Vocal manipulation and electronic squibs add a dynamic blast to your playlist.
Wild Beasts – Limbo Panto – “Vigil for a Fuddy Duddy”
From Leeds, England, this band showcases a frontman with soaring vocals that sound best when careening skyward, and instead of crashing, get lost in the heights. With a fair amount of bass and heavy on melody, this Wild Beasts’ song is perfect to have tucked in amidst the poppers and the groovers on your playlist.
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles – “Riot”
A raucous, hard beating number that feels like a first person point-of-view look at a city destroyed by an enemy still possibly lurking in the shadows. The beat is good, and the peripheral electronic sounds deliver with enough variety to keep this number interesting and lively.
Dizzee Rascal – Maths and English – “Paranoid”
Dizzee is always a good choice for a party. Deep bass, a solid drum beat, and English thuggery make this song a good match for a New Year’s Eve party’s playlist. It’s quick, follows along the gangster guidelines, and will create an alluring, happening atmosphere.
Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours – “Feel the Love”
With a happy, tap-your-toe sound, this song is danceable and upbeat. A catchy guitar strum, a good drum beat, random free floating electronic sounds, and voice manipulation gives any playlist color and upbeat variety.
The Bug – London Zoo – “Murder We”
The claustrophobic, all-encompassing atmosphere of an overly-crowded dance club is achieved with The Bug’s “Murder We.” Loud, heavy on rhythm and repetition, this song hits hard and instills a pulse into any New Year’s Eve party.